Reel Thursday: AKIRA (1988)

Thursday, 15 August | 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Free admission only with an unused exhibition entry ticket

AKIRA (1988) is based on the graphic novel “Akira” by Katsuhiro Otomo; first published by “Young Magazine”, Kodansha Ltd. ©1988 MASH・ROOM/ AKIRA COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.


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In 1988, the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. World War III breaks loose. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, the leader of a group of young robust delinquents spends his nights tearing through the urban wastes, and tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project.


This film is organised in conjunction with the exhibition, “Takashi Murakami: From Superflat to Bubblewrap“.  Due to the limited capacity, please note that each customer is only allowed to book seats for up to 1 person only. Please arrive 15 minutes before the screening begins. If you are not present by 6.45pm, your seat will be released to the waiting list and/or walk-in visitors. Admission to the film screening can only be secured with an unused exhibition entry ticket. Exhibition entry tickets can be purchased at the gallery. Click here to pre-purchase your exhibition entry ticket.


Reel Thursday: The Mission (1986)

Thursday, 13 June
7.00pm - 9.15pm

When the Portuguese government wants to capture the South American natives for slave labour, a Jesuit priest try to protect the tribe against the danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

Incredibly moving and uplifting, The Mission (1986) is an award-winning classic that has greatly impacted the practice of our exhibiting artist, Manuel Ocampo.


Reel Thursday is a series of films organised in conjunction with the exhibition, “Manuel Ocampo: Ideological Mash-Up/Remix”. Free admission. RSVP: Facebook | Email


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Reel Thursday: Manuel Ocampo: God Is My Copilot (1999)

Thursday, 30 May
7.00pm - 8.15pm

“A documentary about identity politics in the contemporary art world, it follows the young artist as he tries to transcend the identity box he has painted himself into… It offers a rare view of how multiculturalism is bought and sold among the art world’s elite.” – City Projects 


Born in the Philippines, Ocampo came to Los Angeles in the early 80’s where he worked at a Foto-Mat booth and as a cook at McDonald’s before selling his first painting. His paintings, for which he became well-known, conjured the pathology of the colonized psyche. These works became largely popular with wealthy white collectors, art critics and dealers. The film thus chronicles his rise to popularity, his mistrust of the art world that embraced him, and his efforts to recast himself as a post-identitarian artist.


Reel Thursday is a series of films organised in conjunction with the exhibition, “Manuel Ocampo: Ideological Mash-Up/Remix”. Free admission. RSVP: Facebook | Email


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Reel Thursday: Pollock (2000)

Thursday, 2 May
7.00pm - 9.15pm

In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: “Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?”


Both directed by and starring Ed Harris in the title role, Pollock examines the famous artist from his early roots in the New York art scene, his quick rise to international stardom and his subsequent, self-inflicted downfall.


Reel Thursday is a series of films organised in conjunction with the current exhibition, “Jason Martin: Meta physical”. Free admission. RSVP: Facebook | Email


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Reel Thursday: The Silence of Mark Rothko (2016)

Thursday, 4 April
7.00pm - 8.00pm

Painter Mark Rothko is best known for imposing canvases that eschew representation in favor of pure color and texture—using them to express fundamental human emotions. The Silence of Mark Rothko lingers on paintings and locations – using architectural shots, interiors and streetscapes, to link Rothko’s paintings to the world he inhabited.


Featuring works from his early mythological period, his classic color field paintings, his later Black on Grey pieces, and the Rothko Chapel in Houston, the film is a unique artistic biography that provides a heightened level of intimacy and familiarity with its subject’s work through carefully chosen visuals and interviews.


Reel Thursdays is a series of films organised in conjunction with the current exhibition: ‘Jason Martin: Meta physical’.


Free admission.


Reel Thursdays: Tan Pin Pin: IN TIME TO COME

Thursday, 21 February 2019
7.00pm - 8.15pm

Set in Singapore, IN TIME TO COME follows the ritualistic exhuming of an old state time capsule, and the compilation of another.

As enigmatic remnants of life from 25 years ago emerge – a bottle of water from the Singapore River, a copy of Yellow Pages – today’s selection of items are carefully primed for the future to decode. Interwoven are carefully composed shots of moments we rarely think to preserve: the in-between minutes of daily life spent waiting, shot in locales as diverse as the lush jungle to a residential district subdued with haze.

This picture of Singapore is both lovely and startlingly strange, already slipping beyond the present its inhabitants struggle to hold in their hands. Like the time capsules in the film, this film itself is a vessel that transports us through past, present and future, a prism through which we glimpse alternate realities. The latest movie gifted by observer Tan Pin Pin takes its thematic DNA from her previous bold, intelligent work, but leads its audience into uncharted cinematic territory.

Reel Thursdays is a series of films organised in conjunction with the current exhibition: ‘Soo Pieng: Master of Composition’. Responding to our current exhibition where Cheong Soo Pieng’s modern depictions of local peoples and landscapes are featured, this edition of Reel Thursdays aims to partake in a similar conversation: of how locality in our region is depicted in contemporary times.

Admission is free with limited seating.